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It's Just M (-: is the creative paradise of Maria Papaefstathiou.

Just M(-: because she is just a smiling positive human soul.
Butterfly because she morphed in the last 3 years in her creativity and she keeps seeking for the big metamorphosis to come...

Maria Papaefstathiou is a graphic designer and illustr… Read More
It's Just M (-: is the creative paradise of Maria Papaefstathiou.

Just M(-: because she is just a smiling positive human soul.
Butterfly because she morphed in the last 3 years in her creativity and she keeps seeking for the big metamorphosis to come...

Maria Papaefstathiou is a graphic designer and illustrator from Athens, Greece, currently a book designer at publishing house Stamoulis Publications S.A. (www.stamoulis.gr).
Co-founder of the International Reggae Poster Contest which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (www.reggaepostercontest.com)

Maria is also the founder and editor of graphicart-news.com blog. Maria's passion for poster art, type design, book cover design, art photography and all forms of art that can just spark her emotions, lead her in 2010, to create the graphicart-news. "I can stay for hours in an art gallery, but how many galleries can one visit?" Says Maria. "I thought to create my own online gallery to keep my passion alive, to inspire me and also my followers, but also to help other designers to spread their work internationally."
Maria carefully curate high quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world with a main focus on young designers, photographers and illustrators but also well known professionals in the fields that will teach and provoke the younger designers to improve their work. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. The main purpose of the blog is to inspire but also promote the world's best creative expressions, to gather a network of top creative minds to review, critique, and to help the creative community stay informed of the new trends and ideas taking place in the global visual arts and graphic design arena.

Maria Papaefstathiou specializes in sophisticated book design and specifically coffee table books, and numerous book covers. She has also been focusing her research on poster design and particular on social poster design and recently exploring portrait design. Her most recent poster project is a series of designs on a subject that is dear to her heart, the collection celebrates the personalities of Greek traditional and popular culture. These include actors, singers and musicians; specially performing Rebetiko and Laiko music, this is an ongoing project. "I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mind sets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture". This is the reason that she started her own social designs with first of all, those on the Japan's earthquake of 2011.

Maria was awarded and participated in International, exhibited her posters in group exhibitions such as:
- South Korea, by Green+You curated by Byoung Won Choi, (posters for Japan's Earthquake)
- Jamaica, Athens and Thessaloniki Greece, Mexico, Washington and Spain by the International Reggae Poster Contest.
(posters for the mentioned contest)
- Turkey by the “Innovation for Education” competition in Turkey, (posters for the right for education)
- Cape Town and Johannesburg by the Nelson Poster Project (poster for Nelson Mandela)
- Poland, in Gliwice at the Ruins of Victoria's Theatre for the 10th International Festival "Jazz w Ruinach”. Read Less
Member since: Nov 20, 2010